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Jennifer Heppel

Commissioner & Executive Director, Patriot League

Jennifer Heppel

Jennifer Heppel

Jennifer Heppel was appointed as the League’s fifth Executive Director on June 8, 2015 and officially took over her duties on August 1, 2015. She comes to the Patriot League after working the past five years as an associate commissioner at the Big Ten Conference.

She was first employed at the Big Ten from 1998-2005, including the last four (2001-2005) as the Associate Commissioner for Compliance and Enforcement. In addition to her responsibilities in those areas, she was a member of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament management team, served as the tournament director of the 2005 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, and was the primary liaison to multiple coaches’ and administrative groups, including the Big Ten Administrators Council.

Between her roles at the Big Ten, Heppel was the Associate Athletics Director for Administration at Georgetown University (2005-10) where she served on the Department’s senior staff and provided employee services in the areas of staff recruiting, hiring, compensation, gender-equity analysis, performance management, and orientation. She was a member of the BIG EAST Conference Championship and Competition Committee (2006-2010) and NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee (2008-2010). Heppel also was lead sport administrator for seven teams, working closely with the head coaches to create and manage an environment conducive to both academic and competitive success, and served as the tournament manager for the 2006 and 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament games, hosted by Georgetown at the Verizon Center, in Washington, D.C

Heppel received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., where she was a member of the women’s ice hockey team. Later, she earned an MBA from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pa.